Use Your Phone's Camera to Scan IMB or POSTNET Barcodes

AddressVision's professional version of the IMBScan application - IMBScan Pro - provides a very easy way of decoding postal barcodes. After launching the app and pressing the Start button, simply aim your phone's camera at the barcode, align the red line over the barcode and hold still for a couple of seconds. As soon as IMBScan Pro obtains a positive read from the barcode it will automatically display all the elements read. It is that simple! (Note: If your phone does not have access to the Internet, the street address information will not be displayed)

Display Address Information

If your phone has access to the Internet, IMBScan Pro will display both the ZIP code and the street address information associated with the barcode scanned. By accessing AddressVision's servers, IMBScan Pro will perform a reverse address lookup using the 11-digit delivery point code read from the barcode and will display the address information.

Display All IMB Information

IMB Pro will read and decode every field of the IMB barcode, including:

  • Barcode Identifier (2 digits)
  • Service Type Identifier (3 digits)
  • Mailer Identifier (6 or 9 digits)
  • Serial Number (9 or 6 digits)
  • Routing Code (0, 5, 9 or 11 digits)

TIPS for Better Scans

  • CAMERA - Ensure you are using a recommended device with an autofocus camera
  • LIGHT - Ensure there is plenty of light and try not to cast shadows over the envelope
  • ALIGNMENT - Make sure that the red line is in the center of the barcode
  • DISTANCE - The phone should be between 3" and 4" from the envelope so that the entire barcode fills the width of the window
  • HOLD STILL - It is important to hold the phone still while the barcode is being scanned
  • BE PATIENT - Know that the engine inside IMBScan Pro continuosly scans the barcode using a variety of techniques to achieve an optimal read
  • TRY AGAIN - When all fails simply try again. By changing positions or the scanning angle slightly a successful scan can often be obtained

IMBScan Pro has become an essential Quality Control tool for the mailing industry. Versions for other countries will be available very soon. If you have a specific need or require a variation of this product please contact AddressVision.

Add IMBScan Pro to your QC toolset today